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Stay Cool with a Smart Thermostat

You’ve been out in the sun all day. You can’t wait to get home, put your feet up, and cool off. Then you remember you forgot to turn the temperature down and your house is going to be uncomfortably warm when you arrive. It doesn’t have to be this way. Things are starting to heat up as summer approaches, and there is no better time to upgrade your HVAC system by installing a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats are easy to install, user friendly, and they help you to control the temperature of your home or office from the convenience of a smart phone. This means whether you are away on vacation, or just at work for the day, you can make an adjustment with a few swipes. Here are few FAQs that will help you determine if a smart thermostat is right for your home or business.

What makes a thermostat smart?

These thermostats are labeled as “smart” because they are constantly collecting data and using it to run more efficiently. Efficiency means that the system is running using the least amount of energy to reach the desired temperature quickly. This keeps you comfortable while reducing your energy bill and extending the life of your system. By collecting data, the system learns your preferences and habits. If you adjust the temperature a few degrees each night before you go to bed, the thermostat will recognize that pattern and automatically change the temperature, without being told to do so. This allows the HVAC system to run more efficiently because it can gradually raise or lower the temperature. Manually changing the temperature causes the system to work harder, and reduces its efficiency. By trying to adjust the temperature as quickly as possible, it uses more energy. The smart thermostat also sees how your patterns change throughout seasons. So instead of you having to remember to adjust the thermostat each day, your thermostat will help you do that in a more efficient manner.

Does a smart thermostat actually save money?

The ultimate goal of a smart thermostat is to have your heating and cooling system running as efficiently as possible. This requires less energy, and less energy usage means less money spent monthly on your bill. In the U.S., an average of 10-12% savings on heating and 15% on cooling was reported by smart thermostat users. That’s about $150 in savings a year. A smart thermostat will pay for itself in less than 2 years. You can also get a rebate and money back if you install certain models of smart thermostats, such as varios Ecobee, Braeburn, Honeywell, Emerson and Google Nest models. Look for your model here https://www.energystar.gov/productfinder/product/certified-connected-thermostats/results

Are smart thermostats user friendly?

Overall, models are made to be easy to work with. If you aren’t comfortable with smart technology don’t let that deter you. The benefits greatly outweigh any difficulties you may encounter. Having a smart thermostat installed by a professional will make the transition much smoother. Contact Weather Crafters to talk to a trained HVAC specialist to determine what model is right for you. We are here to answer any questions you have, and to walk you through how to use the new thermostat. Learning how to use the in-home controls, as well as the accompanying app on your phone are important, and we are here to help with each step.

Keep your home or office comfortable and save money by installing a smart thermostat. Based on your lifestyle and your budget, our technicians can help you choose the smart thermostat that is right for you. Smart thermostats are not just for the tech savvy – they work wonderfully in any home or work place. They have large displays and are very user friendly, which means anyone can use them. Best of all, when Weather Crafters installs your smart thermostat, we will be there to help you with the programming and to answer any questions. It doesn’t matter if we installed it yesterday, or two years ago, we are always here to help. Give us a call today to decide which smart thermostat is right for you.

Smart Thermostat

Smart Thermostats

If you are ready to have more control of your home’s comfort, to save money, and to save energy, then it is time for you to install a smart thermostat. While there may be a lot of gadgets on the market to make your home a “smart” home, a smart thermostat is actually worth the investment. It gives you convenience, control, and money saved.

Studies show that 89% of homeowners don’t properly use the programmable option on thermostats, so having a pre programmed thermostat running on a timer is not saving you as much money as a smart thermostat could. If you forget to adjust the timer on your thermostat, a smart thermostat can help. It can be controlled remotely through your smart phone, and the programs are very user friendly. The thermostat communicates via wifi so that you can change the temperature even if you aren’t home. This is a nice feature if you travel a lot – you may not have a set schedule but can adjust the temperature to save yourself money on heating and cooling. There’s no point in heating or cooling a home if no one is there.

Because a smart thermostat is “smart”, it doesn’t just rely on you to tell it what to do. It learns your habits and preferences. Even if you forget to turn the temperature down at bedtime, it will remember. You can also adjust settings so that the thermostat is alerted when you are on your way home, working with your phone’s GPS system. If you leave work early, a traditional thermostat wouldn’t turn on until the programmed time. Your smart thermostat can tell that you are on your route home, so it starts to warm up the house. Instead of coming home to a chilly house, and manually adjusting the temperature, your smart thermostat has already kicked on and warmed the house to your preferred temperature. Not only does this bring you comfort, it saves you money too. If a system is running on a schedule, it can gradually adjust the temperature over time. If you manually change the temperature, it works as quickly as possible to reach the desired temperature. Working quickly is not working efficiently, and more energy must be used.

The fact that your thermostat can tell when you are on your way home may seem a little bit over the top. However, letting your smart phone alert the thermostat that you are heading home can save you a lot of energy and money on your heating bill. If you came home to a house that was chilly, you would probably just walk over to the thermostat and manually turn up the heat to the desired temperature. In order to save energy, you may have programmed your thermostat to a lower temperature during the day, when no one is home. If you come home early, the house might be at a chilly 67 degrees. If you manually adjust the temperature to 72 degrees, that means your heating system has to raise the temperature by 5 degrees, rather quickly. This will cause your heating system to go to full-blast to get the room to 72 degrees as quickly as possible. With a smart thermostat that knows you are on your way home, it can adjust the temperature more slowly. This is one of the benefits of a smart thermostat that allows your heating system to work more efficiently, which saves energy and money.

According to EPA estimates, smart thermostats can save homes up to $180 a year in heating and cooling costs. About 50% of a home’s energy bill is related to heating and cooling. These smart thermostats cost between $200 and $500, so in about 2 years, the thermostat will have paid for itself. Smart thermostats save money, and improve convenience and comfort in your home. It’s time to upgrade to a smart thermostat – call Weather Crafters today. We can answer any questions you might have about different smart thermostats and how to install them. We are also happy to recommend different types of thermostats, based on your needs. Smart thermostats are an investment in the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. Start investing in one today!